Saturday, October 25, 2014

2014 Series Ender Reading Challenge - October Wrap Up

It's time for our tenth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2014 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Can you guys believe that we're wrapping up October already? Goodness! Since posting the September Wrap Up, Sandy finished Pull (Push, # 2) by Claire Wallis.

Holly read more books than normal for her in October, but didn't finish any series enders this month.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the October giveaway runs from October 25th - November 25th. On November 25th we will use and the linky entries to pull a winner.

Friday, October 24, 2014

With You - Novella Review

With You (Tear Asunder 0.5)

By: Nashoda Rose

Published: December 20, 2013 by Smashwords Edition

65 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library (FREEBIE!)

(Goodreads /Amazon)

Sculpt is an illegal fighter.

He’s also the lead singer of a local rock band.

No one knows his real name.

And from the moment I met him, he made me forget mine.

In order to convince Sculpt to give me self-defense lessons, I had to follow his one rule—no complaining or he’d walk. I didn’t think it would be a problem. I could handle a few bruises. What I hadn’t anticipated was landing on my back with Sculpt on top of me and my entire body burning up for him.

I tried to ignore it.

I failed of course. And having a hot, tattooed bad*** on top of me week after week, acting completely immune to what he was doing to my body—it was frustrating, so I broke his rule—I complained.

Then he kissed me.

Author’s Note: This novella is Sculpt and Emily’s beginning and how they met. It is an extra and not required to be read before “Torn from You”. Their story and what happens to them is the novel “Torn from You”. 

*Warning* Huge cliff-hanger. Like huge! But “With You” and “Torn from You” are released on the same day.*
I saw a fellow blogger advertise this series and she raved about how gooooood it was. How could I pass it up?! A hot guy who fights illegally AND plays in a band AND rides a motorcycle AND has a shady past?! I can name a few stories this sounds similar to you, can't you? I decided to read this novella first before reading book 1 as per the bloggers recommendation. I'm VERY glad I read it first.

Being as short as it is, 65 pages, it's more like a teaser than anything else. There's not much information given. Sculpt is very much mysterious. This portion of the story wets your mouth just enough for what's to come in book one, Torn From You. From that stand point, it did what a novella should do - it gets you excited to read more.

I'd like to point out a few of the elements of this book that make it a great, juicy New Adult contemporary romance story - or more accurately beginning to the story. Without these elements, this book and many others like it, just wouldn't be the same. I dare say they'd be boring to most of us who love this genre. These are all predictable elements. They should be expected. Sometimes they are outrageously silly or ridiculous. But we love them anyway.

1. Barbarianism/Possessiveness In this story Sculpt is the possessive guy. Saying phrases like "you're mine" and "I don't share" are a sure fire way to indicate this dude holds the barbarian card.

2. Pet Names: Usually pet names don't bother me....but in this story, Sculpt calls Emily "mouse". How degrading is that?! she "mousy", "small and fury with whiskers", "quiet and vulnerable"? Nothing about being called "mouse" would get me going. But it seems to work for her.

3. Panty dropping reaction, just by a single look: One thing I love about these fictional guys is that they have so much confidence, so much charisma and charm, so much sexiness oozing out of their pores that they get this reaction out of females by one single look.

4. Kisses that make you stammer, stutter and basically turn your brain into a pile of stupid mush. "I...Scuplt you're..." What was the word? "Overwhelming and - " Geesh! Really? Are their kisses SO HOT that you can't form a complete thought out loud?

5. The Virgin Girl: The dude is always a manwhore and the girl - she's barely even kissed a few guys and is willing and more than ready to be shown the wild ways of the well experienced sex god.

6. A Shady/Secret Past: This is the plot line of every single New Adult contemporary out there! 75%-80% through those secrets finally catch up to the characters and they can't handle it anymore or it tears them (briefly) apart. "My past isn't important. There's nothing to talk about." Riiiiiight. Famous last words.

I jumped right in to book one, Torn From You, as in IMMEDIATELY, following the end of this novella. I would also highly recommend that interested readers check out this novella first to get the back-story of how Emily and Sculpt meet, and THEN take on book one.

Fans of series like Marked Men and Beautiful Disaster would enjoy this.

Fair warning: this series is New Adult romance, borderline erotica in some aspects IMO, and as such has mature themes, graphic sexual situations and strong language.

Favorite Quotes:
I saw the truth in his words. The meaning in his touch and the sweetness in his kiss. There was something more to him than he let everyone see. A vulnerability beneath his confidence.

It was possessive and raw, almost painful, but it stole my breath, held it captive, and chained me to him.

"And you, Sculpt...are dangerous. You know why? Because not a single person knows who you are."

Final Rating - 4 stars

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Never Never

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Expected Publication: January 31, 2015 by Hoover Inc.
Preorder Buy Link: Not available at this time
Best friends since they could walk. In love by the age of fourteen. Dating for over four years. 
She’ll do everything she can to never forget. 
He’ll do everything he can to never remember. 
Too bad it’s not up to them. 
OH. MY. GOSH! The two of these writers collaborating together on this story will most definitely equal an emotionally charged, snot nosed, tear fest! I can't wait!!
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #74: State of Chaos

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
State Of Chaos (Collapse Series #2) by Summer Lane:

Teasers: If anybody would have told me seven months ago that I would be spending my college years as a guerilla warfighter with freaking Rambo as my boyfriend, I would have said they were crazy. But life is weird like that.
(LOC page 252, Kindle version)

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Rome (Marked Men #3) - Review

Rome (Marked Men #3)

By: Jay Crownover

Published: January 7, 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks

387 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads /Amazon)

Sometimes the wrong choice can be just right . . .

Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed "bad boy" friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won't let herself get burned again. She's waiting to fall in love with the perfect man—a baggage-free, drama-free guy ready for commitment. Then she meets Rome Archer.

Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He's stubborn, rigid, and bossy. And he's returned from his final tour of duty more than a little broken. Rome's used to filling many roles: big brother, doting son, supersoldier—but none of those fit anymore. Now he's just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the dark demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer through it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes a blinding flash of color in a sea of gray. Perfect may not be in the cards, but perfectly imperfect could just last forever . . .
Rome is almost tame compared to his brother Rule and rockstar friend Jet. He has been in the United States Army for nearly 10 years. He's a big beast of a man, without the tattoos and piercings that his brother and friends are so fond of. So it only stands to reason that we need someone "marked" for him to become involved with. Enter Cora. She works with the guys at the tattoo shop, is best friends with Shaw and Ayden (girls from books one and two) and fits the bill of a punk rock Tinker Bell. She's small and petite, pretty, with her share of piercings and tattoos, and a heart of gold, loyal to her core for her friends. The two of them together are an interesting match.

Rome has just returned home, being discharged from the military because of his injuries. Though healed physically he carries a load of mental struggles from his time at war. The only thing that helps him sleep at night without nightmares is a lot of alcohol. At to that the stress he has with his parents over the grudge he is keeping against them and Shaw regarding his brother Remy's secret. The dude is just a walking cloud of anger and frustration. One drunken night changes everything when Cora comes to his rescue and starts a relationship neither of them expected.

Cora is searching for Mr. Perfect after having her heart broken by the only man she had ever loved. What she fails to realize is that no one is perfect. Least of all Rome Archer. But she can't deny her strong attraction to him, his bright blue eyes and his strong muscled body. He definitely oozes masculinity. As with all new adult contemporary stories, the major conflict comes about 75% of the way through. Predictable yet it comes with a twist.

Favorite Quotes:
"Relationships are not tailor-made and people are flawed. You have to work around that and love the other person anyway. Our flaws are what make us unique..."

"I can't be perfect for you, but I can be someone you rely on, someone you want to keep around even though it isn't always going to be easy."

He was simply the best of all the imperfect things I could ever have asked for.

" didn't do any good if you held on to it in a death grip. It only had purpose, had power, when you had the courage to hand it over to someone else for safekeeping."
Final  Rating - 4 stars

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Post #98

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

State of Chaos (Collapse Series #2) by Summer Lane
Buy Link: Amazon

Overwhelmed by You (Tear Asunder #2) by Nashoda Rose
Buy Link: Amazon

Pull (Push #2) by Claire Wallis
Buy Link: Amazon


Review - Jet (Marked Men #2) by Jay Crownover (3.5 stars)

ARC Thursday Review - Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah (2.5 stars)

Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
Review - Rome (Marked Men #3) by Jay Crownover
ARC Thursday Review - TBD

Don't forget - you still have 3 months left to participate in the 2014 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Link up reviews of any last book in a series you've read and reviewed to be entered into a giveaway every month!

I focused more on reading than blogging this week. Some weeks I'm evenly balanced between the two and others I just want to read. So that's what I did. I finished 3 books this week (granted one was a 65 page novella) but that's still a good number for me in one week with everything else going on. 

Other than that not much else to share. Enjoy your reading friends!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

*ARC* Of Scars and Stardust - Review

Of Scars and Stardust

By: Andrea Hannah

Published: October 8, 2014 by Flux

336 pages

Source: ARC from publisher via Netgalley

(Goodreads / Amazon)

After her little sister mysteriously vanishes, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham has a choice to make: stay snug in her little corner of Manhattan with her dropout boyfriend, or go back to Ohio to face the hometown tragedy she's been dying to leave behind. 

But the memories of that night still haunt her in the city, and as hard as she tries to forget what her psychiatrist calls her "delusions," Claire can't seem to escape the wolf's eyes or the blood-speckled snow. Delusion or reality, Claire knows she has to hold true to the most important promise she's ever made: to keep Ella safe. She must return to her sleepy hometown in order to find Ella and keep her hallucinations at bay before they strike again. But time is quickly running out, and as Ella's trail grows fainter, the wolves are becoming startlingly real.

Now Claire must deal with her attraction to Grant, the soft-spoken boy from her past that may hold the secret to solving her sister's disappearance, while following the clues that Ella left for only her to find. Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire must unlock the keys to Ella's past—and her own—in order to stop another tragedy in the making, while realizing that not all things that are lost are meant to be found.
Unfortunately I had a lot of "life happens" interruptions while trying to read this book and that resulted in me putting it down and picking it up for short snippets here and there over a month long period. 336 pages in a month?! That's ridiculously slow for me. My interest level never really grew enough for me to want to come back to the story. And because of that my overall rating dropped some. I couldn't seem to get deep enough involved with the story line or the characters. The character development also seemed lacking, especially where Grant and Claire are concerned.

What the....what on earth?! I'm so incredibly confused by this book. I liked the uniqueness of the disappearance of Claire's sister and the other little girl in their town, the mystery that surrounds both of the girls disappearances. But I was left with a whole lot of confusion and unanswered questions at the end. It's not often I read a book where I feel like I need someone to explain to me what just occurred. This is one of them.

Small town, Amble, Ohio has a lot of legends about wolves. These wolves are said to attack people and they crave cherry flavoring or cherry scents, oh and the color of periwinkle. Claire's thirteen year old sister is attacked one night and fifteen year old Claire is to blame for her injuries. To keep her out of jail her parents have her evaluated by a psychiatrist and sent to Manhattan to live with an aunt. While living with the aunt, 2 years later her sister goes missing and Claire finally goes back home to try to figure out what has happened to her. Along the way she and Grant connect once again (someone she was close with before leaving) and he helps her to piece together clues that Ella seemingly left behind. Claire believes the wolves have taken Ella, that they were the ones who attacked Ella in the cornfield and the other missing girl in town and she will get the proof she needs to prove it to everyone else.

I thought this book was going in a completely different direction - one that I was totally on board with and anxiously waiting to see the conclusion. But woah - the way it went was crazy weird and I still don't understand what I just read. What about Rae? Patrick? Grant? Ella and Claire's parents? Ella for crying out loud?

There were a TON of grammatical errors throughout the ebook version I received from Netgalley. Missing words, words inserted where they shouldn't have been, the wrong usage of words given the context of the sentence (example: using "her" when it should've been "him"). That many errors made it harder to read.

Overall it just felt extremely strange. So yeah, my initial reaction stands. What the what?! Sorry guys, this one just wasn't for me.

Favorite Quotes:
"Sometimes, the unknown is far scarier than what's really there, when you're ready to look."

And maybe that's just what we were now: two people with broken sisters that needed to stitch each other back together with hand squeezes and stillness. And maybe that's okay. Maybe that's more than okay.

"It's just that, you're one of those people that can do anything, if you want to," he breathed. "You're kinda like magic, Claire."

I wondered which was more lethal: What was inside the cornfield, or out. And did it even matter anymore?

Final Rating - 2.5 stars

This post is part of the ARC Thursday feature on Words Fueled by Love.
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